He is younger than I, but my collecting friend RJ, who recently declared himself a kindred spirit to Fenwick and Husselby, authors of Einstein's Watch, also grew up in a time when "prep," the state of life defined by Birnbach and her co-authors in The Official Preppy Handbook, was a reality in parts of the United States. RJ wrote yesterday that he did not care for the prep ethos. Nor did I, though I loved the clothes. Brooks Brothers in the 1960s was a shrine, and I hope there is a special place in some afterlife for the managers who ruined the place in the following decade, not far from the people who destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan.
That said, one of the special characteristics of prep was the quirky use of color, which is captured true to life in Sergei Sviatchenko's photo in the spring/summer 2011 edition of his Close Up and Private. Green, orange and purple. Brilliant. I think RJ will approve.
Photo: Sergei Sviatchenko